Category Archives: Reviews

Review: My Woman – Angel Olsen

Desolation is a pit dark on all sides. Upon falling in, it is difficult to believe you’ve known anything other than the darkness, or will ever know. Inevitably, we emerge without realizing it, and normality seems an unnerving, but strangely welcome companion. Inevitably, Angel Olsen would move on, part the curtains, and let in My…
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Review: Global Citizens Festival

What do you get when you invite thousands of people from around the world and a handful of passionate celebrities to Central Park for a free, televised concert in support of a massive effort to end global poverty (among other policy objectives)? A mess. For as exciting a prospect as GCF presented, it was executed…
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Album Review: Preoccupations – Preoccupations

  Preoccupations dropped their self-titled album last Friday, September 16th, and it rocked. If you are feeling stressed, which, let’s face it, we all are – you should give it a listen. Who are they? Preoccupations, a Canadian post-punk band, changed their name this year due to the controversy of their former band title Viet…
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Album Review: Blonde – Frank Ocean

This is a difficult album to contain in writing. At the same time both enigmatic and simple like Ocean himself, it manages to push past R&B into something dreamier, something new for which there is no mold. There’s an ambient quality to it all: sweet, warm-toned melodies over crystal hums only set a stage. Ocean’s…
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Farewell, M.I.A.

Earlier this month, the dutiful fans of rap fusion artist M.I.A. were abuzz with news. Mathangi Arulpragasam, also known as M.I.A., had dropped her first album since her largely successful “Matangi” in 2013. However, she followed this release with a statement on BBC Radio that this new album would be her last. She clearly decided to…
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What makes a presidential playlist good?

Last month the big man on campus, Barry O, released his official summer playlist, which includes several tracks I would consider off the beaten path. I’ve listened to President Obama’s playlist as well as the two frontrunners of the election, D Daddy Trump and Hilldawg, in an attempt to discern the underlying themes of the…
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Review: The Sun’s Tirade – Isaiah Rashad

This album warrants no English Lit over-analysis calling back Spike Lee classics or characters from old German parables. There isn’t the depth for that (nor should there be). It’s simpler: a smooth 17 tracks of jazz- and soul- infused California hip hop with a southern flare, giving Rashad room to feel out his his fame,…
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Ambivalent Dance Music- A Review of “Why Make Sense?”

Why Make Sense? is a dance record, no question about it. But it feels at times like its unsure of whether it wants to be one at all; perhaps it’s because “dance” and “popular” music are in many circles considered to be composed of the same makeup and sometimes troublesome associative characteristics: vacuous, empty, fun,…
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Passion Pitfall- A Review of Kindred

Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has come a long way since Chunk of Change. The EP that he had made originally for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day serves as an “indietronica” relic for fans everywhere. The EP did a fantastic job of highlighting Angelakos’s coy, yet clever lyrical wordplay, while also letting him show off…
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